In the 1968 Ashes series in England, Debutante Keith Fletcher had dropped some easy catches in the test match at Headingly, Leeds and the match had ended in a draw. Around the same time, six IRA terrorists had each been sentenced to twenty years or life imprisonment. These men had bombed and massacred innocent people in a Birmingham pub in 1975.
When Fred Trueman, the English paceman who was the self-confessed ‘greatest ruddy fast bowler that ever drew breath‘, was informed about the sentence, he devised his own method of dealing with them. “Twenty ruddy years? Bah”, roared Fiery Fred. “That’s too good for them! Those bombers should be taken down to Lord’s and made to stand on top of the main pavilion. Then, I would push them off the roof one by bloody one … and have Keith Fletcher to try and catch them.”
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